Becoming a Childminder

If you enjoy playing and working with children and are passionate in ensuring that they are protected, kept safe and are supported to grow and develop and also want to work in your own home, then childminding could be for you.

Pre-registration information

There are two pre-registration sessions held on a termly basis, which will give you an overview on how to register with Ofsted and look at what it entails to become a childminder.  Pre-registration sessions can be booked through Smart Solutions - see Training section.

Disclosure and Barring Service

All childminders and any person living or working on the premises, aged over 16 will need to have a DBS completed and also to join the DBS update service . The following link takes you to the process:


You must register with Ofsted if you want to be paid to look after children aged under 8 years for more than 2 hours a day. There are 2 registers. You must apply to be on:

  • the Early Years Register to look after children aged 5 and under
  • the Childcare Register to look after children aged 5 to 7
  • both registers to look after children of all ages

The Early Years Register is for children from birth up to the 31 August after their 5th birthday. After that you must be on the Childcare Register to look after them.

The following link takes you to the registration page for Ofsted

Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The following link takes you to the information required when registering as a childminder:

Professional Association for Childcare and Early years (PACEY) -

The following link takes you to a standard-setting organisation, promoting best practice and supporting childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning.


To register as a childminder you need to complete a course that gives you knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage. NYCC no longer fund the Preparing to work in Home-based Childcare courses, which are provided by PACEY (see below). However, we do offer pre-registration courses for prospective childminders and home childcarers called Pre-registration for Ofsted and also New to Early Years Foundation Stage. To book on please contact Smart Solutions:  or 01609 533222.

For any questions please contact the Families Information Service on 01609 533483 or

To book onto any NYCC training course, unless otherwise stated, you will need to contact Smart Solutions: or 01609 533222.

To register as a childminder you will also need to complete a First Aid course which needs to be renewed every three years and also complete the online basic safeguarding course.


The following link takes you to information about registering as self-employed with HMRC: (childminder specific information is further down on the webpage, so you will need to scroll down)


The documents below will support you in setting up and developing your new business and childminding practice.

Useful Downloads

Starting a Childminding Business in North Yorkshire 

This booklet aims to provide you with information which you may find useful as you work towards becoming a childminder.